In Times of War
Almost Done, Reunion,
Dark Pony
The House Of Blue Leaves
Arrangement For Two Violas
The Age Of Cynicism
-or- Karaoke At The Hog
WASP and Excerpts
from Cruel Shoes
Us or Them
Soft Target
Eric La Rue
The Clowny Plays
Book Of Mercy
The Liquid Moon
The Last Barbecue
Descent (A Darwinian Comedy)
I Came To New York To Write

WASP and Excerpts from Cruel Shoes

“An absurdist attack on dysfuncyional suburban family life in the 50s.”

Steve Martin’s short play WASP, is a comedy that looks at a family trying to get back to the ideals of 1950s suburbia. This was paired with readings from Martin’s 1977 book “Cruel Shoes.” Although Martin didn’t attend the production, he did send the cast flowers on opening night.

“clear, intelligent direction…charming and entertaining”
Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

“The Aardvark has found its own pungent voice in Steve Martin’s WASP…Director Ann Filmer has injected into this production the lucid irony frequently lacking in Martin’s stage works…Expertly synchronized production values and a dead-on articulate cast”
Lucia Mauro, Chicago Sun-Times

“Ann Filmer’s staging keeps it fresh, fierce and fast-moving.”
Lawrence Bommer, Windy City Times

Jenny Friedmann, Laurie Larson, David Nolan, Ryan Pfeiffer, Dan Rodden and Khristine Shields

Heather Graff and Klaus Schuller

by Steve Martin
Chicago Premiere
directed by Ann Filmer

June 22-Aug 12, 1997
The Aardvark
@ Café Voltaire
Chicago, IL
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